Psalm 104: 32-35
Preface of a Saint (2)
PRAYER (traditional language)
Everliving God, who didst call thy servants Aidan and Cuthbert to proclaim the Gospel in northern England and endued them with loving hearts and gentle spirits: Grant us grace to live as they did, in simplicity, humility and love for the poor; through Jesus Christ, who came among us as one who serves, and who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
Everliving God, you called your servants Aidan and Cuthbert to proclaim the Gospel in northern England and gave them loving hearts and gentle spirits: Grant us grace to live as they did, in simplicity, humility and love for the poor; through Jesus Christ, who came among us as one who serves, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
General Convention in 2009 provisionally combined the commemorations of Aidan and Cuthbert, resulting in new lessons and collects.
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CUTHBERT OF LINDISFARNE,
BISHOP AND MISSIONARY (20 MAR 687) (now 31 AUG)
was born in Northumbria in northern England about 625. One night, while
tending a herd of sheep, he saw lights in the sky which he interpreted
as a soul being escorted heavenward by a band of angels. Later, he learned
that Aidan of Lindisfarne (31 August 651) had died that night, and he
resolved to enter the monastic life. He was a monk at Melrose Abbey from
651 to 664, and when the Abbot, Eata, became abbot and bishop at Lindisfarne,
Cuthbert accompanied him and was Prior there until 676. Although he had
been brought up in the Celtic customs, he accepted the decrees of the
Synod of Whitby in 663, which committed the English Church to following
instead the Roman customs that had been introduced into Canterbury by
Augustine, and so he helped to minimize contention over the decision.
Although his real preference was for the solitary life of a hermit, he
recognized a duty to minister to the needs of the people about him. Year
after year he made long journeys, on horseback and on foot, to Durham
and throughout Northumbria, and in the regions of Berwick and Galloway,
preaching to the scattered population in remote and sparsely settled areas,
instructing them in the faith and encouraging them in the practice of
it, urging them in times of sickness not to rely on charms or amulets,
but to pray to God and put their trust in His mercy and love. Like Francis
of Assisi, he had a remarkable rapport with animals, both wild and domestic.
Theodore, the Archbishop of Canterbury, made Cuthbert Bishop of Hexham,
but he was a solitary by nature, and promptly exchanged bishoprics with
Eata so as to remain at Lindisfarne. After two years, he retired to the
neighboring island of Farne as a hermit, and died there the following
by James Kiefer